New Year. New Post.

Look who’s a magician! I am. I managed to disappear for the rest of the year! I may not have been living online, but I have been living offline.

2016 was a busy year and the end of it was especially so. Since I last posted I traveled to three different states, won an award, closed the books on a year of business and hosted family for the holidays.

2016 Theme

The theme of 2016 for me was travel. I got so many comments this year like, “Seems like you’ve been traveling a lot lately,” “Where are you off to next?” and so on. I returned to a lot of places I’ve been before, to see family, visit clients and attend trade shows. This year felt a little extra special travel wise because I added several new states to my “I’ve visited” map. Check it out. Continue reading

Snapshots from Indy

I’ve been meaning to chronicle some of my recent travels. Today, I’m getting around to talking about my trip to Indianapolis at the end of October.

I may have been going to Indy for a Public Relations conference, but somehow the trip was significantly colored by diabetes… and not really in a bad way. I went for the PRSA International Conference as well as some of the pre-conference PRSA business.

After dinner with other PRSA chapter leaders on the first night, a lady came up to me and said, “I think you need a green one.”

I turned around to see her holding up an OmniPod PDM with a green skin. She had seen my PDM sitting on my bag and came over to say hi. Not only was the skin on hers green (my favorite color) but it also glowed in the dark, how cool is that?

As it turns out, my fellow podder and I were both diagnosed with diabetes as adults… about 5 years ago. We swapped stories and talked about not just diabetes, but just about everything else. Continue reading

A Visit to Sam’s House

I’ve found myself on the road or in the air a lot lately, hence my absence.

My work brought me to Connecticut recently, to the fascinating city of Hartford. The Glimore Girls fan in me secretly hoped to drive past a place near enough that it could be Richard and Emily’s. Unfortunately, we didn’t have time to go by Yale.

However, we found ourselves with a couple of hours before we needed to be at the airport to head home. (We being my boss and I.) A sign on the highway answered the question, “How can we spend our extra time in Hartford?”

The Mark Twain House.

The attendant at the desk when we bought tickets for our tour asked how we heard about the house after marveling at Ohio driver’s licenses. When we told him the highway sign, he was silent a moment before nodding and remarking, “Glad to see old school advertising still works.”

“Wrinkles should merely indicate where smiles have been.”

Mark Twain’s, rather Samuel Clemens’, house can only be viewed by guided tours. When we gathered with our tour group, the guide started talking and we were alerted that the fire alarm in the house was going off and we had to wait on the fire department.

“Great,” I thought. “We’re visiting on the day that Mark Twain’s house burns down.” Continue reading

A Sneaky Kind of Christmas and Trip to Frankenmuth

Maybe it’s the fact that the last several weeks have been hovering in the 50 degree range, or that we’ve been crazy busy, it just seems that Christmas snuck up on us.

We waited until the last minute to finish getting gifts for people. Last night I finished wrapping them. I guess we’re ready for Christmas though.

We did have the opportunity to get a little more in the Christmas spirit by visiting Frankenmuth, Michigan with my mom and her husband.

Frankenmuth is known for being Christmas Central. We started our visit with a trip to Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland, the store that has everything Christmas. They seriously have ornaments for everything.

The entire town is Bavarian themed. I love the look and feel of the whole town. After Bronner’s we walked up and down the main street. We checked out several different shops featuring fudge, cheese, taffy, quilts, toys and clocks.

Making fudge

Herman the German is a statue who serves fudge in a shop

The clock shop was one of my favorite places to visit. They had intricate Black Forest cuckoo clocks and lovely grandfather clocks.

We wrapped up the day with dinner at the Bavarian Inn. The place was incredibly charming, the service was great and the food was excellent. The Frankenmuth chicken was the highlight and their potato puffs were addictive.

Some of the things we weren’t able to heck out on this trip but would like to see in the future were Michigan’s oldest brewery and the Frankenmuth distillery.

Where’s the most Christmasy place you’ve ever been?

(Most of the pictures in the post are Brad’s.)

I Went to Vegas and Left My Husband Home

That title sounds scandalous, doesn’t it? Every word is true though.

During the last week of September we moved into the house on Friday and Saturday, tried to unpack as much as possible on Sunday and early Monday morning, I got on a plane to Las Vegas and stayed there for three days.

When I was originally scheduled to fly to Vegas for a trade show, we were expecting our house to be finished in October, so I would have been back in time to move. Instead the move happened directly before my trip. As you may have figured out already, I was in Vegas for work. I think if the timing with our house had worked out differently, Brad may have come out with me. Regardless, it was my first time in Las Vegas and it was interesting.

I go to industrial trade shows for my clients periodically and often travel alone, though I’ve had luck ending up on flights with clients, work partners or the media people the we work with, I don’t normally run into friends or family. When I checked in on Facebook at the airport, showing I was headed to Las Vegas, I said which trade show I’d be attending. When my flight landed, I had a message from Brad’s aunt (in Seattle) that Brad’s uncle was on his way to the same show and had just landed! Small world! Continue reading